It was an early start today with breakfast at 6am, then a flight at 9am which would go to Ushuaia where the ship would disembark. I enjoyed my last bit of wi-fi and did my last google search for 2 weeks and check my Facebook news feed for the last pictures of cats and babies before heading to the airport in the pre-arranged bus. The flight was relatively short only 3hrs and we arrived with a couple of hours free prior to embarkation. This was also the first time I got to see some of the people that I would be stuck on a boat with for the next 2 weeks.
I killed the time exploring the small town of Ushuaia which is quite picturesque with the hilly streets and snow-capped mountain overlooking. It is mostly full of restaurants or expedition gear shops, this is where if anyone need to pick up any last-minute gear they can at a price. I just wondered around then headed to a restaurant to get some food and drink and see if I could remember any Spanish. I thought I was speaking pretty well but everytime I said something in Spanish they answered me back in English so I was not quite blending in.
After the meal I headed for the docks where I got to see the ship for the first time, then soon after boarded the bus which took you to the ship. The process of getting on board was painless, the only worry I had was that my suitcase would be there as I had last seen it at the airport. Thankfully it was waiting in my cabin for me and I scoped out my room (see below). I would say it was no frills and fine for my purpose, it was a 4 person room that I had for myself and although this was fine I would say that if I was sharing with 3 other people this would have been cramped.
In the evening there was a Captains champagne welcome in the bar which was located on the top deck of the ship and offered 360 views and it would become my main home because it was the best place for observing the scenery and they server beer there. It involved a talent show by the crew and a free drink and was fine to kill an evening.